In Krulak’s example, Marines may be required to conduct full scale military action, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid within the space of three contiguous city blocks.
The thrust of the concept is that modern militaries must be trained to operate in all three conditions simultaneously, and that to do so, leadership training at the lowest levels needs to be high. The latter condition caused Krulak to invoke what he called “strategic corporals”; low-level unit leaders able to take independent action and make major decisions
One senior Conservative MP describes Mrs May’s method of government as “valiant pugilism”. Rapid decision-taking and parliamentary dealmaking are things to which she is particularly ill-suited.
— The Economist, in ‘Missing: the British government’
“It’s a fantastic skill, her ability to do nothing,” says one of her former cabinet ministers, almost admiringly.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus.
—Martin Luther King Jr., via Fred Wilson ‘MLK Day Quote – AVC’
Mandela was sufficiently confident in his own abilities to want to surround himself with advisors who were cleverer than he was, while Mbeki needed to be the brightest in the room.
—Cyril Ramaphosa, After Mandela
When times are tougher, you can’t leave. And, when times are better, you don’t want to leave.
Since its founding, Twitter has made a religion of listening to users. After all, they came up with some of the company’s best ideas — including the hashtag, reply and retweet. After the flow of good ideas from users stopped, Twitter was hard-pressed to come up with its own.
Charisma doesn’t permit us to lead.
Leading gives us charisma.